If you have ever asked this question, then, well done! It’s one of the questions to ask and it’s one of the questions at the heart of vocation. For many, vocation is seen as a discovery of role or function: a vocation as a teacher or a physician or a priest, but in fact vocation is much broader than that. Vocation is about discovering exactly who you are, and God’s purposes in your life. So, a good place to start your journey of vocation is with yourself: to explore more fully what makes you tick, what energises you, what drains you, what brings you joy and delight, what brings you pain and sorrow. Then, with the knowledge you have gained, to set out to live more fully as you.
Here are a couple of ideas to get you started on that journey:
There is an old Christian tradition, that God sends everyone one into this world with a special message to deliver, with a special song to sing for others, with a special act of love to bestow.
No one else can speak my message, or sing my song, or offer my act of love.
These are entrusted only to me.
(John Powell, from “Through Seasons of the Heart”)
Rabbi Zusha was lying on his deathbed surrounded by his disciples. He was crying and no one could comfort him. One student asked the Rabbi, “Why do you cry? You were almost as wise as Moses and as kind as Abraham.” Rabbi Zusha answered, “When I pass from this world and appear before the Heavenly Tribunal, they won’t ask me, ‘Zusha, why weren’t you as wise as Moses or as kind as Abraham,’ rather, they will ask me, ‘Zusha, why weren’t you Zusha?’
(from RabbiShimon.com- Tzadikim list)